I had a weird code the other night and was curious if anyone has ever had the same thing happen. Or if anyone else wants to share another weird code story.
Ambulance calls in with a 30ish male, code blue, meth OD, been down for twenty minutes, asystole the whole time. Pt. comes in and we run the code for another thirty minutes. Monitor still showed asystole after the last epi circulated.
Our ER doctor comes in and gives the order to stop. Staff confirmed no pulse via monitor and stethoscope for a full minute. ER doctor is ready to call it when the pt. takes a breath. Pt. is intubated and we can see the condensation in the tube. Doctor gives the order to continue the code. After about two minutes of this we stop again. Pt. again breathes on his own. This time, there were four in a minute period, very shallow respirations. There was barely any chest rise, but there was condensation in the tube. He is still pulseless. Pt. stops breathing and is called five minutes later.
I talked with the ER doctor later on that night, and he thought it was just a string of agonal respirations and nothing more.